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11/07/2017

Young Gun of Wine registrations open for 2018

Registrations are now open for the 12th annual Young Gun of Wine, designed to find, celebrate and showcase Australia’s young and emerging winemakers.

Focused on giving a platform to winemakers on the rise, Young Gun of Wine is open to Australian winemakers up to 45yo making all sorts of wine – traditional, experimental, biodynamic, natural, orange/amber, single vineyard, blended, sparkling, fortified, whatever it is, in the words of Mike Bennie before the 2017 judging, we’re looking for, “Diversity. Creativity. Deliciousness. Transparency of winemaking. Wines that thrill for personality and reflection of winemaker and place.” 

Young Gun of Wine encourages winemakers who have entered before to enter again… particularly after what happened this year. The 2017 Young Gun of Wine, Michael Downer of Murdoch Hill, made it through to the final awards presentation three times, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, before walking away with the title on his fourth shot.

All winemakers registered for 2018 can be part of the Young Gun of Wine national event tour later this year, extending from September to December (2017).

2017 Young Gun of Wine winner Michael Downer of Murdoch Hill says, “They’re good, fun events. It’s great to catch up with other winemakers and share ideas and it’s good camaraderie between everyone.

“When we first made it to the top 12 in Young Gun of Wine [in 2014] I was only starting with my project and it got us on the scene. Each year that I’ve participated has built our exposure through the trade. When we started we didn’t even have a distributor. Young Gun of Wine enabled us to pick up national distribution and kick off the brand.”

Michael will join the Young Gun of Wine judging panel in 2018 — he knows what the winemakers are going through. 

Registrations for the 2018 Young Gun of Wine are open until August 11.

Winemakers are encouraged to register today via Trybooking [trybooking.com/QVCO] and for all specific details about the upcoming showcase, see the Registrations page at younggunofwine.com.

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